- Library Binding: 160 pages
- Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books (April 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467780111
- ISBN-13: 978-1467780117
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Plants Vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat Library Binding – April 1, 2016
From School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—With information about new eating regimes and environmental and health concerns coming out each year, this is a timely, student-friendly primer on the historical, nutritional, and ethical impacts of what and how humans eat. Discussing popular diets, from paleo to locavore, as well as the history of the growth and consumption of food from prehistoric times to the present, this book presents facts from both sides of the vegetarian-omnivore debate, leaving readers to make their own food choices. Sections on the business of farming and the environmental impact of raising animals and crops are eye-opening, highlighting fascinating tidbits ("it takes 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef"). References to pop culture figures, such as Beyonce, who is a vegan, and a final chapter on recent food developments, including 3-D-printed food, add further appeal. The material is well organized and well labeled and supported by interesting and colorful images and sidebars. VERDICT This solid introduction to where food comes from and the consequences of its consumption and production is a worthy addition.—Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
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Hughes goes on to say that her family has since reversed and now eats more beef, etc., for health reasons. I like her writing not because she eats meat, but because she not only changes her position based on more information, she is totally OK with your making your own decisions.
Do you want to be vegan? She's OK with that. But she also explains other food options, such as insects, being a localvore, and 3D printed food. (Yes, you read that right.) Hughes goes through food history and touches on such subjects as pesticides, organics, and gluten with respect for the fact that much of we eat is fashion, but works hard at providing science.
Good source notes. Nice index and glossary. Good "further reading" section. And at 96 pages, it just barely makes it but will generally be acceptable for kids and teens doing homework.